Defense Spending Bill, Others Stall in Senate; Odds Increase for FY 2019 Continuing Resolution

Defense Spending Bill, Others Stall in Senate; Odds Increase for FY 2019 Continuing Resolution

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked Republican efforts to advance a four-bill appropriations package that includes $693 billion in fiscal 2020 defense spending, increasing the odds of a short-term budget extension to avoid a looming partial government shutdown, Defense News reported.

The GOP-led Senate motion fell short of gaining 60 votes to proceed, failing 51-44. The motion’s failure means the Pentagon will likely start FY 2020 without a set budget to guide its spending priorities and flexibility in addressing unexpected crisis.

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